MCA Institutional Members are craft related institutions, industries, business and organizations such as: craft galleries, craft retailers, craft suppliers, craft services, nonprofit organizations, schools and other businesses and institutions working with craft artists. Institutional members support the MCA’s efforts and programming while receiving valuable and tangible benefits of being linked with the MCA.
CORNERSTONES EXCHANGE FUNDING AND COMMITMENT FOR ALIGNMENT WITH THE MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION AND OUR VALUES: CRAFTSMANSHIP, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, TRADITION & INGENUITY
We create alignment and build connections by linking Cornerstones to our 600+ members, 10,000+ mailing list and social media connections, 250,000+ in-person engagements and through co-branded marketing.
Caleb Johnson Studio
Caleb Johnson Studio is a team of award-winning architects, designers, and builders based in Maine.
We specialize in custom design and build services for new homes, renovations, additions, and commercial projects. We are experts in navigating challenging waterfront properties and historic renovations.
Our work is informed by our home base in Maine, with a focus on the landscape, intentional materials, simplicity of expression, and timeless character.
Hay Runner is a real estate service company dedicated to simplifying the sales and property improvement processes.
We are a company of problem solvers. We like to make and do things well.
Founded on the belief that we connect through experience and the environment we occupy and share, we are, in part, where we are… in MAINE.
Finally, we believe that good design leads all important change, and it cannot be done alone. We support these changes and transitions with a circle of creatives and problem solvers.
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
Our woodworking school offers courses in furniture making
and related skills such as carving, turning, marquetry and finishing.
The mission of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is to provide the best possible education for people who want to design and build functional, beautiful, and expressive work out of wood to the highest standard of craftsmanship. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the belief that design and craftsmanship are deeply meaningful expressions of the human spirit. They contribute to individual fulfillment and inform the larger culture.
Our programs are for novice, intermediate, and advanced woodworkers who seek an inspiring learning experience in a supportive environment.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. Founded in 1950 as a research and studio program in the arts, Haystack offers one and two-week studio workshops to participants of all skill levels as well as the two-week, Open Studio Residency program, exhibitions, campus tours, benefit auctions, artist presentations, and community programs — shorter workshops and a new Public Access Fab Lab for Maine residents and high school students.
Running with Scissors
RWS is a diverse artist studios thriving in the industrial and eclectic East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, ME. A dedicated work space, it serves over 75 artists working in various mediums who share equipment, ideas, tools, and support. Bringing together resources and community, our studios help artists reach their independent creative goals. RWS is the home of the the RWS print, clay and wood shops which are dedicated to elevating the work in those mediums practiced by experienced to experimental artists.
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that offers summer and fall residencies, workshops, artist exhibition and talks, and other public events.
American Furniture Masters Institute
The American Furniture Masters Institute (AFMI) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) sister organization and vital arm of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. AFMI supports educational endeavors that preserve the art of fine furniture making including the Prison Outreach Programs in New Hampshire and Maine and the Alden Artisan Advancement, a scholarship to support emerging artists.
ArtSmart Productions produces the annual Art Providence Show, which replaced the long-running, highly successful RISD Annual Holiday Sale upon its cancellation in 2017. It carries forth the tradition of high-caliber work across a variety of disciplines including jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel and more, but now includes artists/makers of all backgrounds, including but not limited to RISD alumni. Featuring 150-175 artists, makers and designers from throughout the US, the show has quickly built a reputation for both quality and diversity of work, much of which cannot be seen at other New England shows. ArtSmart also offers low-cost marketing services to artists/makers and arts-based organizations. Such services include digital asset creation (video, graphic design, website, etc.), on-site management/support of art- or craft-related events, and more. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artsworth Studios is a non-profit arts organization attuned to the needs of the community. As a unique community resource, the center provides opportunities for exploration and discovery that illuminate the importance and value of the arts in all aspects of life. We are devoted to encouraging a wider appreciation and deeper understanding of the arts by providing innovative and accessible opportunities for all ages, including high quality art instruction, thought-provoking exhibitions and special events.
Brant & Cochran
The craft of axe making is back in Maine! From its South Portland shop, Brant & Cochran is forging heirloom quality, traditional Maine pattern axes to be used now and treasured for generations.
Casco Bay Craft School
Casco Bay Craft School was founded in 2019 with the mission of offering immersive fine craft workshops in a variety of mediums, taught by renown instructors, in an incomparable island setting off the rugged coast of Maine.
Rachel Battarbee and Myranda Caputo, the creators of Guided Makers’,
provide customized services for clients within design,
product development, technical development, and sourcing.
Whatever your scale or current production stage, Guided Makers is here to provide you with the expertise and resources to take your brand into its next phase of development. We help you prepare for and navigate each stage of apparel development — from the initial concepts through to being production-ready.
When you work with Guided Makers, you gain access to our decades
of experience in guiding and supporting businesses through the
successful production and launch of new apparel lines.
Handiwork is a craft studio and market specializing in Maine-made delights and friendly encouragement for all types of crafters. We offer a fun and functional assortment of supplies for creative life and play.
Hidden Ladder Collective
We are The Hidden Ladder Collective, a rapidly growing tidal wave of creative energy based out of Portland, Maine. Canned culture does not create us. Instead, we create our own universes through art.
We bring art out of the cage of the museum and onto the street where it is accessible and interactive.
(KōT) Contemporary Craft
A curated collection of contemporary American craft and other commodities.
This little shop was founded on passion, creativity, and a strong desire to showcase work we believe is beautiful. Each of the studio artists we represent makes a living from their craft here in the United States.
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum showcases our geological history, displays renowned mineral and rock collections, provides educational opportunities for the novice and expert alike, conducts historical and geological research and is a Maine travel destination for residents and visitors.
Mechanics’ Hall inspires and enriches the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and the diffusion of useful knowledge.
Mechanics’ Hall combines successful traditions with new ideas to build a vibrant community of users, members, organizations with common interests, and the general public.
The Metals Collective
The Metals Collective is a Portland, Maine based group of makers whose mission is to promote the craft of metalsmithing & jewelry through collaboration, growth, and public engagement.
Founded in 2010, the Metals Collective has produced over a dozen group exhibitions, featuring over 20 different makers. For each show, a historical or conceptual theme is selected for participating members to respond to. Through the collaborative nature of the Metals Collective, each artist is encouraged to create work that is outside the bounds of their regular studio practice, resulting in individual artistic growth. By bringing handmade art jewelry and objects to view in public spaces, the Metals Collective engages the community with explorations of historical content and contemporary metalsmithing practices. Members range from fresh graduates to seasoned professionals.
Pickwick Independent Press
Pickwick is a community print shop with traditional and contemporary equipment and tools for Relief and Letterpress, Screen, Intaglio printing and more. Our mission is to create energy around the process of making for both the art community and the greater community of Portland. Our goal is to be one of this city’s most vital artistic hubs, connecting artists and printmakers, turning printmaking into a collaborative event. We hope to bolster the already vibrant Portland community by providing a productive and exciting place to work.
Spin Off Studio
SpinOff Studio is a non profit art center for adults with disabilities in Gardiner, Maine, sister to Spindleworks in Brunswick. Both are programs of Independence Association, a Maine-grown organization whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen communities.
The Artful Aide
The Artful Aide, LLC serves arts organizations, artists and innovative small businesses through marketing, project management and creative coaching.